Taeron Lewis has been named the captain of the Winnipeg Blues for the upcoming season.
Lewis has spent the last three seasons suiting up with the Blues, and last season had his best point production yet, lighting the lamp 15 times en route to a 30 point season.
Spending the last three seasons playing behind some great leaders, Lewis says he’s learned a lot from past captains.
“I noticed when times got tough, and the team was battling adversity, your teammates, and especially the young players turn to you to see how you handle the situation,” says Lewis. “By staying composed and always giving your best effort, the rest of the team tends to follow.”
The 20 year old from Winnipeg is a player who has had leadership qualities since he joined the club, and it didn’t go unnoticed by the Blues coaching staff. Lewis says the “C” being stitched on his sweater is an honour, but it won’t change the way he has always approached the game.
“Being named captain of the Blues means a great deal to me. It shows the staff and players have faith in my ability to be a leader both on and off the ice,” adds Lewis.
“But i’ve never been a players who has needed a letter on my jersey to be a leader on the team, but its definitely an added bonus.”
With the season getting underway shortly, the Blues training camp has been in full swing for a while. After falling short in last years playoffs, the new captain believes this years squad has all the makings of a team who can once again become the MJHL champs of two seasons ago.
“We have a great group of guys coming back with lots of experience that is really going to help us show the new players how things are expected to be done on and off the ice.” says Lewis. ”The training camps had all of us veterans smiling with the talent that was being shown from may of the newcomers. There is definitely a lot of excitement in the dressing room for this season and for me personally, this is the most excited i’ve ever been to play hockey.”